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Waterbury Company Gets Nearly $28 Million in Punitives in IP Case

By Christian Nolan |

A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded a Waterbury-based printing business what plaintiffs lawyers believe is the largest punitive damages award in the state's history.

NRA Takes Aim at Connecticut Judicial Nominee

By Jay Stapleton |

It goes without saying that the issue of gun rights now plays a role in many elections, ranging from legislative races to congressional campaigns. Now Second Amendment advocates are taking aim at another type of candidate—those nominated for judgeships.

Governor Withdraws Judicial Reappointment Following Racial Bias Claim

By Jay Stapleton |

A 79-year-old judge trial referee will not be reappointed after he was accused of racial bias in a civil case.

Several Conn. Firms Announce Partnership Promotions

By Jay Stapleton |

As always, the new year has brought changes to partership ranks in Connecticut law firms as well as national firms that have offices in the state.

Michael Jones

Lawyer Won’t Halt Search for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

By Christian Nolan |

It's been nearly a decade and the parents of George Smith IV still don't know what happened to their son who disappeared during his honeymoon cruise in 2005.

Barbara Quinn

Governor Orders $6 Million Cut in Court System Spending

By Jay Stapleton |

The Judicial Branch will have its current fiscal year budget cut by $6 million as Gov. Dannel Malloy seeks to close a projected budget shortfall.

Attorney Gets Six Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

By Jay Stapleton |

A Woodbridge attorney was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in taxes over a six-year period.

Judge's Order Gives Lawyer 237 Years to Pay Malpractice Judgment

By Jay Stapleton |

A former New Haven lawyer has been ordered to pay a $431,000 debt he owed to a former client at a rate of $35 per week. At that rate, it would take about 237 years for the debt to be fully paid.

Medical Worker Wins $139,000 Verdict For Crash Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was rear-ended and injured her neck turned down a $7,000 offer to settle her lawsuit and was rewarded with a jury verdict in Hartford of nearly $139,000.

National Law Firm Doubles Connecticut Footprint

By Staff Report |

A national law firm has doubled its Connecticut presence. The 12-office, 200-attorney firm of Goldberg Segalla has added four attorneys to its Hartford office, boosting the headcount to eight lawyers, according to the firm's website.

Peter Nolin, Isa Squicciarini, Howard Levine

Power Trio: One Firm Boasts Three Bar Presidents

By Karen Ali |

It is just a coincidence that presidents of three local bar associations come from one law firm, Waterbury-based Carmody Torrance Sendak & Hennesey. But the leaders of the Waterbury, New Haven County and Fairfield County bar groups use that coincidence in their favor.

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Norm Pattis: Boston Bombing Leads to Deeper Thinking About Death Penalty

By Norm Pattis |

I've been reading the press reports about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's jury selection in Boston with a growing sense of ambivalence. Tsarnaev, you will recall, is the surviving suspect in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Updated: Supreme Court Rejects Appeals in Prior-Restraint Case

By THOMAS SCHEFFEY |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a prior-restraint case involving a divorcing parent who sought to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Charlie Hebdo, Intolerance and the Case for Free Speech

By Dan Krisch |

Je suis Charlie—but too much of the world, I fear, is not. In the aftermath of the murders at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, grief has given way to controversy over its two covers since the attack.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie Hebdo

By Mark Dubois |

The shock waves from the killings at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo continue. After the newspaper sold millions of copies of its first edition after the massacre, riots tore apart cities in francophone North Africa where the remnants of French colonialism continue to be felt.

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Mark Dubois: YouTube, Snapchat and the Murky Waters of Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Though I am very unlikely to do any of them, I now understand that to communicate with another you can email, tweet, retweet, subtweet, poke, chat, snap, vine, pin, post, YouTube and a host of other things that seemingly change daily.

Ruling in Complex Lease Case Shuts Down Conn. Service Stations

By Christian Nolan |

In the aftermath of a complicated legal dispute over leases, subleases and sub-subleases, the state's highest court has ruled that eight Connecticut service stations have to close shop.

Plum Island

Environmentalists To Sue Feds in Attempt to Preserve Island

By Jay Stapleton |

Barely 10 miles off the Connecticut coastline, in the cold waters of Long Island Sound, the rocks and dunes of Plum Island serve as the winter home for several hundred harbor and gray seals.

Woman Settles for $6 Million After Crash That Left Her in Coma

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was spent months in the hospital following a head-on car collision that claimed the life of the other driver has settled her lawsuit for just over $6 million.

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Norm Pattis: Decline in Judicial Power Results in Renegade Juries

By Norm Pattis |

Power, Moises Naim tells us, is everywhere on the decline: whether in the realm of corporations, the effective military reach of the state, or religion—leaders don't have the unquestioned clout they once enjoyed.

Conn. Collects $110,000 in Web Browser Privacy Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A digital advertising company accused of unlawfully circumventing the privacy settings in Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser has reached a $750,000 settlement with several states, including Connecticut.

Court Says Arrest Stories on Media Websites Aren't Libelous

By MARK HAMBLETT |

The arrest records were erased, and Lorraine Martin asked the news organizations to take down what she admitted were accurate accounts of her arrest, arguing that they had since became false and defamatory.

Editorial: State's Sex Offender Registry Needs Revisions

The Connecticut Sex Offender Registry has some 5,600 registrants. This boggles the mind. Is there any way to determine which of the people on the registry really is dangerous, or a real threat to the community? The answer is no!

Kim Rinehart

Judge Rules 'Female Viagra' Fax Didn't Break Federal Law

By Jay Stapleton |

The fax machine in the doctor's office hummed to life and spit out an invitation to dinner. But when Dr. Jose Martinez, of Physician's Health Source Inc. in Cincinnati looked at the invite, what he saw was something he considered an unsolicited advertisement for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women.

Ron Robillard and Valicia Harmon

Arsenic Case Pits Privacy Rights Versus Historical Research

By Thomas B. Sheffey |

The inspiration for the theatrical and Hollywood productions of "Arsenic and Old Lace" is former Windsor nursing home proprietor Amy Archer Gilligan, believed to be Connecticut's most notorious female serial killer.

Arnold H. Rutkin and Alexander J. Cuda

Conn. Supreme Court Restricts Alimony, Limits Discretion

By Arnold H. Rutkin and Alexander J. Cuda |

The Connecticut Supreme Court's decision in Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014), places landmark restrictions on the rights of alimony payees. The court has changed the terms of existing alimony agreements and orders, and bypassed the Connecticut Legislature in limiting the equitable authority granted to trial judges by statute.

Allen Gary Palmer

It's Time to Reset the System

By Allen Gary Palmer |

I spent a substantial part of the first 25 years of my law career representing the interests of children whose families were in crisis. I probably have appeared in family court, juvenile court or probate court for more than 150 children, either as attorney for minor children (AMC) or as guardian ad litem (GAL).

Tara Duga

Alimony in Connecticut: A Rudderless Ship

By Tara C. Dugo |

The term alimony was first introduced to Connecticut statutes in 1877. Until its revision in 1973, the statute only authorized a husband to pay alimony to a wife. In 1973, the alimony statute was revised to become gender neutral.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LITIGATION DEPARTMENTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Litigation Departments of the Year awards.

Conn. Judge Sentences Hedge Fund Manager to 13 Years in Prison

By Associated Press |

A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 29, to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

Supreme Court Dismisses Appeals in Law Tribune Prior Restraint Case

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

The state Supreme Court will not take up an appeal filed by a divorcing parent who was seeking to block publication of an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Stamford solo Dori Hightower

History, Bar Associations and Family Law

By Dori B. Hightower |

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The American Bar Association and Law Library of Congress are celebrating this anniversary with a traveling exhibit that will educate lawyers and nonlawyers alike about the history of the development of the "rule of law."

Lawsuit Claims DOC Employment Test Discriminates Against Women

By Christian Nolan |

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who claims that the state Department of Corrections have been using an unlawful physical fitness test to screen out candidates for corrections officer jobs.

Media Websites Don't Have to Delete Arrest Stories

By Mark Hamblett |

It's not libelous for media organizations to continue to publish accurate arrest stories after a criminal conviction has been erased from the record, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

Attorney Renee Bauer

Consciously Uncoupling: The New Divorce

By Renee C. Bauer |

Breaking up. Splitting up. Dissolving the marriage. Each phrase exudes destruction, the death of a marriage. Perhaps a change in perception can change the course of the divorce for a couple who does not wish to spiral into the chaos of litigation.

Court Security Officers Remedy Missing Flag Situation

By Karen Ali |

A federal building with no American flag in front of it rubbed some federal court security officers the wrong way.

Richard Molot and Michelle McConaghy

Conn. Federal Prosecutors Named to Leadership Roles

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has named two prosecutors to leadership posts in its Civil Division.

Law Tribune Seeks Insurance Law, Banking and Finance Articles

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking lawyer-written articles for several upcoming special practice section.

Family Law

Some of the topics in the family law special section: conscious uncoupling, putting children's needs first, the legislature addressing alimony, a magna carta study, post-judgement alimony modification, and more.

Ellen B. Lubell and Kelly A. Scott

Alimony Decision May Have Unintended Consequences

By Ellen B. Lubell and Kelly A. Scott |

Dan v. Dan, decided on Dec. 16, by a unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court, has generated an unusual degree of controversy and resulted in numerous heated discussions among family lawyers.

JOHN F. WOYKE, ABBY M. WARREN and ROBERT G. BRODY

Reimbursing Employees for Health Insurance Premiums

By John F. Woyke, Abby M. Warren and Robert G. Brody |

We all know that in order to attract and retain talent, employers must offer a competitive salary and benefits package that includes health insurance. For small employers, this offering can be very costly, especially if they offer a group plan. Until now, many small employers met this challenge by reimbursing employees for a percentage of their individual health insurance premium or a similar arrangement.

Roger Reynolds

Commentary: Proposal Would Roll Back Important Environmental Protections

By Roger Reynolds |

I was dismayed to read the recent Connecticut Law Tribune editorial ("Lowering the Bar for Environmental Intervenors," Jan. 5) advocating for restricting due process and appeal rights of environmental intervenors. This is the latest salvo in a years long battle by a coalition of special interests to roll back environmental protections in Connecticut and is a bad idea.

Conn. Firms Warm Up to Idea of Opening Florida Offices

By Jay Stapleton |

Murphy is 1,300 miles south, perched in a new office building overlooking the crystal-blue waters around Miami. A partner in the firm's insurance and reinsurance group since 2006, Murphy has a new job: overseeing a new office for the Connecticut-based firm.

Commentary: Newtown School Lawsuit Offers Painful Casting of Blame

By Michael P. McKeon |

Do some of the adult victims of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School bear responsibility for the deaths of the children slain during the attack? That is the troubling contention of a lawsuit that was initiated by the estates of two children on the second anniversary of the attack that killed 26 people at the Newtown school.

Richard Hayber

Plaintiffs Lawyers Should Consider Defamation Suits

By Richard Hayber |

Recently I have noticed that one of the most powerful weapons at the disposal of plaintiffs employment lawyers is perhaps one of the simplest. The common law of defamation can be one of the most effective ways to advance the interests of an employee who has been wrongfully terminated.

Fair Employment Act Covers 'Perceived Disabilities'

By Gary Phelan |

In Desrosiers v. Diageo North America, the Connecticut Supreme Court held on Dec. 16, 2014, that Connecticut's Fair Employment Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §46a-51 et. seq. (CFEPA) protects individuals who may not have a "disability" as defined by the statute but are perceived or "regarded as" having such a disability by their employer.

Mark Sommaruga

Developments in Pregnancy Discrimination Law

By Mark J. Sommaruga |

The obligation to accommodate pregnant employees largely comes from the intersection of three areas of the law: family and medical leave, gender and pregnancy discrimination, and disability discrimination. In all three of these realms, recent developments both affirm and question past assumptions.

Peter Murphy

Educational Institutions Face Heightened Scrutiny

By Peter J. Murphy |

Connecticut has some of the finest educational institutions in the country, including award-winning public school systems, internationally famous private schools and elite public and private colleges and universities. Despite providing quality education and training, recent events suggest that these institutions will be under increased federal and state scrutiny regarding their compliance with civil rights laws.

KATHLEEN ELDERGILL and ALEXA LINDAUER

Employees Can Ensure Privacy of Medical Records

By Kathleen Eldergill and Alexa Lindauer |

One of the questions I hear most frequently from clients is, "What medical information do I need to provide to my employer, and what is my employer allowed to do with that information?"

MARY A. GAMBARDELLA and CHRISTINE SALMON WACHTER

An Aggressive Stance on Settlement Agreement Provisions

By Mary A. Gambardella and Christine Salmon Wachter |

The EEOC has recently escalated its challenges to standard settlement agreements, even bringing challenges without any complaining employee.

Bad Vibrations: Town, Concert Hall Tussle Over Noise

By Jay Stapleton |

What sounds like a thunderous racket to one person might be enjoyable entertainment to another. With those inherent tensions in mind, bringing a successful lawsuit to stop a bar, restaurant or even a giant concert hall from making a certain level of noise is far easier said than done.

Cop's DUI Appeal Accuses Lawyer of Ineffective Counsel

By Christian Nolan |

A former police officer who was convicted of drunk driving and reckless driving while on duty is appealing his conviction on grounds that there would have been no probable cause for his arrest if his original lawyer had not turned over his private medical records to authorities.

Employment & Immigration Law

Anti-discrimination laws can apply to workers who appear disabled, workers can't be reimbursed for insurance premiums, employees can ensure medical record privacy, scrutinizing workplace harassment settlements, unsettled pregnancy discrimination law issues, defamation charges being overlooked in employment suits, NLRB focused on e-mail and college athletes, and agencies and courts signal a new focus on civil right violations. These are the subjects discussed in the employment and immigration section.

Jarad Lucan

The NLRB: A Brief Year in Review

By Jarad M. Lucan |

The year 2014 was one of change for the National Labor Relations Board. The board overruled precedent regarding employee use of company email to engage in activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act, possibly extended the protection of the act to college athletes, reconsidered long-established principles for determining whether parties are joint employers and finalized amendments to its union election procedures.